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Hello everyone,

I'm new to woodworking, but have always enjoyed working with my hands and being "handy" around the house. I also enjoy cycling, playing guitar, and anything related to aviation. Perhaps the best way to tell how I came to be here is through a recent story...

My wife had been on to me for months about wanting to buy and install some of those pull-out drawer shelves for our lower kitchen cabinets, so that she could easily access her large pots and pans without having to dig through them in a pile. After much debate about what to get, I finally decided that I thought I could just build some myself. And after a bit of convincing the queen of the house that I would do more than just build these pull-out shelves, I was given her blessing to purchase an inexpensive Ryobi router & table (after seeing them in a combo package at Home Depot).

I've attached a few pics of my first newbie build project. Basically using the upper kitchen cabinet drawers as a guide, I built both drawers and learned a lot during the process. If I had it to do over again, I would've done a couple of things a bit different, but I was pleased with how they turned out and the wife was thrilled. The drawers she was looking at online were going to be around $60 each and I built both of these for $20 worth of wood. And in the process, I fell in love with using the router and am now hooked big time.

Current project is building myself a proper workbench, so I no longer have to work on an old coffee table covered in fabric on the deck. I also plan to mount my router to a board so that I can then clamp that base board to the workbench, or remove it if I need to.

I stumbled onto this forum while looking at router stuff online and am impressed with what a great place this seems to be and the camaraderie between members. So much great info, too.

Regards,
Burke
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Hi Burke

Nice job but this is the one time you want to use the hvy.duty guides the 1st. time you BOSS puts her weight on the drawer they will fail. and you will have pots/items all over the floor ..

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I know you will not remove the ones you have in place here's small tip, screw in a block of wood on top of the guide to help support the weight when it's open all the way.. but don't forget you must lift the drawer up and out to remove it..




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Hello everyone,

I'm new to woodworking, but have always enjoyed working with my hands and being "handy" around the house. I also enjoy cycling, playing guitar, and anything related to aviation. Perhaps the best way to tell how I came to be here is through a recent story...

My wife had been on to me for months about wanting to buy and install some of those pull-out drawer shelves for our lower kitchen cabinets, so that she could easily access her large pots and pans without having to dig through them in a pile. After much debate about what to get, I finally decided that I thought I could just build some myself. And after a bit of convincing the queen of the house that I would do more than just build these pull-out shelves, I was given her blessing to purchase an inexpensive Ryobi router & table (after seeing them in a combo package at Home Depot).

I've attached a few pics of my first newbie build project. Basically using the upper kitchen cabinet drawers as a guide, I built both drawers and learned a lot during the process. If I had it to do over again, I would've done a couple of things a bit different, but I was pleased with how they turned out and the wife was thrilled. The drawers she was looking at online were going to be around $60 each and I built both of these for $20 worth of wood. And in the process, I fell in love with using the router and am now hooked big time.

Current project is building myself a proper workbench, so I no longer have to work on an old coffee table covered in fabric on the deck. I also plan to mount my router to a board so that I can then clamp that base board to the workbench, or remove it if I need to.

I stumbled onto this forum while looking at router stuff online and am impressed with what a great place this seems to be and the camaraderie between members. So much great info, too.

Regards,
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Greetings Burke and welcome to the router forums, we are glad to have you join us. Good job, well done.

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Thanks, and yes, looking back, I now agree. That thought occured to me "post-assembly" and is one of the things I would indeed do differently if building them again. If they do fail, I shall indeed go that route. But as of yet, even fully loaded with her stuff, they're doing just fine (knock on wood). But we'll see.

The other thing that I now think maybe I should have done differently is the fact that I glued in those 1/4" birch base boards to the 1/4" grooves I routed into the side boards. It was only after completing this project that I later saw an episode of the "New Yankee Workshop" where Norm was talking about how much expansion wood can have and the need to leave some parts with the ability to "float" during expansion and contraction. Oooops. Thus, maybe I should not have glued my boards in and just allowed them to set in that groove unglued.

Oh well, live & learn. If they crack or break, I'll just do 'em again. They were fun to make the first time, and I'd enjoy making 'em again. And I'll do 'em up better next time.

Thanks again for the advice, and thanks to all for the warm welcome,
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Hi Burke

Gluing the birch plywood in place is fine, plywood is very stable , unlike the normal wood boards.

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Thanks, Bob. That's good to know.

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